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  • Matt Palmer

    Matt Palmer

    Matt Palmer is a senior lecturer in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. His research interests are primarily in plant community ecology, with emphases on conservation, restoration and ecosystem function. His current research projects include the community dynamics and ecosystem functions of urban forests, wetlands and green infrastructure, the population biology of rare plants, and the engagement of urban youth in environmental monitoring and research. Matt also teaches classes, often with extensive field and natural history components, on topics related to ecology, conservation, and organismal biology.

    November 5, 2015

    Green Form and Function versus Green Nativism: In changing urban spaces full of novel ecosystems and natural assemblages, is native purity a viable option?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    Erle Ellis, Baltimore
    Leonie Fischer, Berlin
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Madhusudan Katti, Raleigh
    Ingo Kowarik, Berlin
    Mark McDonnell, Melbourne
    Colin Meurk, Lincoln
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Bill Toomey, Sandy Hook
    Yolanda van Heezik, Dunedin
    Paula Villagra, Valdivia

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    August 12, 2015

    Why don’t all public buildings have green roofs? Or all large private buildings (e.g. businesses)? Would this be a good idea? What would it take to make it happen and to make it worthwhile?
    Maryam Akbarian, Tehran
    Wolfgang Ansel, Nürtingen
    Nathalie Baumann, Basel
    Michael Berkshire, Chicago
    Rebecca Bratspies, New York City
    Amy Chomowicz, Portland
    Andrew Clements, Corinth
    Karla Dakin, Denver
    Stuart Gaffin, New York
    Dusty Gedge, London
    André Gonçalves, Goiânia
    Ulrike Grau, Mexico City
    Angela Loder, Denver
    Amosh Neupane, Middlebury
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Kerry Ross, Calgary
    Kaveh Samiei, Tehran
    Julie Santos, London & Buenos Aires
    Kate Scherer, New York
    Mark Simmons, Austin
    Kevin Songer, Jacksonville
    Christine Thuring, Sheffield

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    July 7, 2014

    How much should we worry about exotic species in urban zones? How do we reduce damage from exotic invasives when management resources are limited? Are there conflicts between management or eradication efforts and building general support for urban biodiversity?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Madhusudan Katti, Raleigh
    Glenn Stewart, Christchurch
    Timon McPhearson, New York
    David Burg, New York City
    Katie Holzer, Davis
    Deborah Lev, Portland
    Toby Query, Portland
    Mark Davis, Saint Paul
    Paula Villagra & Carmen Silva, Los Rios, Chile
    Peter Head, London
    Peter Werner, Darmstadt

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    June 16, 2013

    Valuing Urban Wildlife: Critical Partners in the Urban System or Scary, Disgusting Nuisances?
    Matt Palmer, New York City

    Urban parks and green infrastructure are often touted for their benefits in providing for urban biodiversity. There have been several posts about this subject in this blog—by Tim Beatley, Thomas Elmqvist, Russell Galt, Bill Sherwonit, Bob Sallinger, and others—and it’s...

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    January 16, 2013

    Our Changing Urban Nature: Time to Embrace Exotic Species? (Or at Least Some of Them)
    Matt Palmer, New York City

    Cities are melting pots.  I expect we understand this metaphor best as it relates to human beings. Cities around the world grow because people keep moving into them.  People move from nearby rural areas, from other regions in the same...

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    August 14, 2012

    Discovering Urban Biodiversity
    Matt Palmer, New York City

    The world is losing its biological diversity – or biodiversity – at an alarming rate. The primary force driving this is habitat degradation. When the places where animals, plants, fungi, and the myriad other organisms live are converted to other uses,...

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